Coalition government formula continues to elude Bulgaria

Twenty-five days after Bulgaria’s October 5 2014 early parliamentary elections, talks on finding a formula to set up a government are continuing, with apparently scant immediate prospect of success.

There has been a bewildering succession of messages, most mutually contradictory, coming from GERB, winner of the largest single share of seats in the newly-elected National Assembly.

Now, pressure for clarity is mounting, on the eve of the beginning of formal proceedings on government formation as spelt out in the constitution. These formal proceedings are to begin on October 31.

Over four working days, head of state President Rossen Plevneliev will hold consultations with seven out of the eight parties elected to Parliament – the exception being ultra-nationalists Ataka, who have said that they will decline to attend.

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